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Using light to control the spin of an atom's nucleus to move us closer to ultrafast quantum computing… finding a link between diabetes and Alzheimers…discovering the connection between the prevalence of obesity and the supermarket economy… commercializing the City-Climber, a mobile robot capable of climbing walls and running alone ceilings…exploring the role of online dating in building lasting relationships… treating those with PTSD and addiction… developing a new aspirin to fight cancer… and electronic stimulation to combat migraines… These are just a few of the most recent exciting discoveries of City College faculty.
As City College transforms itself from a master's to a doctoral institution, a significant research agenda is intrinsic to all departments and programs. The Grove School of Engineering, the Division of Science, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education are leading the way in bringing in external research funding in the areas of biomedical science and engineering; environmental science, climate change and remote sensing; macromolecular assemblies and structural biology, materials science and nanotechnology; neuroscience; photonics; and sustainable energy. These are buttressed by traditional and emerging strengths in transportation and infrastructure, computer networks and communications, robotics, computational and theoretical physics, and cellular and molecular biology. Significantly, the number of faculty members across the College's schools and divisions who involve undergraduate students in their research has made City College one of the largest undergraduate research program in the New York metropolitan area.Last year City researchers brought in more than $56 million in externally funded research. New York State has invested nearly a billion dollars in two new state-of the-art research centers that opened in 2015 on City College's South Campus: The CUNY Advanced Research Center and the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation.